Road to Tuk.

Discussion in 'Canada' started by MGV8, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    So, planning a trek up though the NWT and Yukon this summer. I haven't been able to pin down when the year round road to Tuk is going to open. They say fall 2017. I am hoping this means late August. Any insight would be helpful. I am a bit flexible for timeframe but figure early Sept. might be a tad late in the year to be up there camping.
    We needed a tread on this anyways.
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  2. kegonlegs

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    Went up to Inuvik once in Sept around the second week,it actually wasn't to bad.There was snow in the higher elevations.Going up the leaves were on the trees around Tombstone, next day on way down they were all on the ground.The Campsite in Inuvik was closed,late in the evening it was dark out there was a wicked northern lights show.Down in Dawson city it was almost eerie,boarded up shops and almost zero tourist traffic.After three trips up the Dempster im looking forward to the extension being complete,Will be heading prob in June 2018.Would be nice if its open around Sept 2017.CBC north is where im following info
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  3. MGV8

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  4. John Sapienza

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    I and my wife went to Inuvik first week of August 2015. It was our best ever trip.

    As soon we got to The Dempster HWY, started to rain and temperature dropped from 14C to 2C when we arrived at Eagle Plains. Heavy in that mud wasn't that easy, but very rewarded.
    We had no reservations at Eagle Plain, it was late (10PM) almost time to close, we paid CAD$220.00/night. I definitely recommend to have reservations or stay in the campground. Hotel is very expensive and service is terrible.

    Inuvik we stayed at campground, nice, clean, friendly. You will pay $$$$$ for a hotel.

    Fly to Tuktoyaktuk, you cannot miss that!!!

    If you want more information, contact-me.


    Camping in Inuvik DSC_0506.JPG Flying to Tuktoyaktuk DSC_0776.JPG The Arctic Circle. DSC_0470.JPG

    The Dempster HWY DSC_0890.JPG
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  5. Adanac rider

    Adanac rider Oh Shit I slept in " Oh wait ... I'm retired"

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    google, Mackenzie valley hi-way .
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  6. John Sapienza

    John Sapienza Crazy Uncle

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  7. Adanac rider

    Adanac rider Oh Shit I slept in " Oh wait ... I'm retired"

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    There is a more detailed progress report by cbc news.
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  8. YetiHunter

    YetiHunter 2 Wheels & Flyrod

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    I was hoping to ride to Tuk summer '18. Days start to get short in Sept and the weather is even more iffy than usual. Might as well have daylight on my side and put the odds of weather in my favour.
    I'll be looking for ride reports come Sept, to see if anyone is making the ride.
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  9. BordenBmw

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  10. willys

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    I personally think the road will be open before scheduled time simply due to the fact the locals will be using it asap instead of having to fly in.....cost wise simply to drive what 139kms? If the bridges are in and they have the surface graded, we'll get by I'm sure. IF all they have left to complete are barracades and signs then I can't see them holding people back...the'll simply work with the traffic. IF a tractor trailer can go then it'll be a wide open road where no-one will stop the supplies TOK needs to get there cheaply imho.
    Just my thoughts on it....and so we are going this summer to take in the 25th D2D and the ride to the Arctic Ocean. To be able to say you were in the first wave of riders to make this journey is something imho.
    The best person to ask closer to the time would be the DICK over in the Alaska section.
    See you there this summer.....
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  11. statsman

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    You are speaking of a place where the weather may or may not cooperate, where builders can be held up by unexpected stretches of things like muskeg.
    While the highway may be open to traffic in 2017, I wouldn't rely on it.
    Plan for 2018.
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  12. Ridemuch

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    PayDirt and I almost did it last August. We got to Eagle Plains and then all hell broke lose. Got stuck there for 3 days. Mudslides and washout on both sides. That being said we were at the best spot to be in during that rain storm. When the roads and sky's opened up we made it pass the Arctic Circle to the border of Yukon in the Northwest Territories .The river ferry was not operational to go any further. Breathtaking ride need to go back.

    On a side note if you planning on spending a night in Dawson check out "The Bunkhouse" run by the young Swiss. He ADV friendly.

    As for the road up to Tuk. All the locals say it's going to sink and it was a bad idea.
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  13. snobear

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  14. willys

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    The construction company have said they have it completed minus 2 bridge spans and barracades and signage.....they are using ice bridges this winter to get past the un bridged crossings, so I will bet they will have it spanned by spring, hopefully..lol. The last finishing touches won't stop traffic I bet.
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  15. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    I thought about trying it out this summer but my buddy who's going to make the trip with me can't go until next year. I haven't done the Dempster yet so it'll be all new to me. I'm really looking forward to it.
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  16. willys

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    IMHO, one of North America's last adventure roads....
    You won't be disapointd I'm sure
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  17. dilrod

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    It is only fair to explain that Eagle Plains is an extremely remote, self-contained private enterprise (two buildings with diesel-electric power) that is integral and essential to all Dempster Highway traffic as a halfway point in the 750 kms between Dawson City and Inuvik (there is really nothing else). Its importance, especially to motorcyclists, but also to auto and truck traffic cannot be exaggerated as an oasis for gasoline, tire repair, mechanical repair, food and shelter, in the midst of absolute wilderness. Tow charges from anywhere on the Dempster range from $500 to $1000 back to Dawson City (available via satellite phone).
    I did not take a room at Eagle Plains, but was allowed to pitch my tent for free in their parking lot (with an incredible view in spite of the rain, of course) and avail myself of a free shower and toilet. The fact that there was a restaurant and bar at all, was a refuge from the usual tent/camp fare. It is also important to note that, Eagle Plains, because of its remoteness, has an extremely difficult time finding employees who are willing to travel there let alone stay there, hence service suffers. Each time I was at Eagle Plains, a skeleton crew of 4 people did everything to the best of their abilities (with friendly cheeriness), in spite of very little sleep and 16 hour shifts. If I had needed a room, due to sickness or injury, $220 would have been a fair charge compared to anywhere similar on the planet (East Africa for example) (one has to pay $200+ for a decent room in most major Canadian cities for crying out loud). . . . but there is nowhere else on earth that can match the unique beauty of the awe-inspiring, open wilderness that is northern Yukon and North West Territories.

    I will be through there again in 2018, hoping to make it to Tuktoyuktuk and the Arctic Ocean this time, on my trusty S10 --at the age of 70 years! I think it's important to go that first year because I agree with the locals that much of the new stretch will probably sink as the permafrost melts (keep an eye peeled for deep holes).
    It's funny--many motorcyclists talk about "doing the Dempster", but very few make it. In two separate trips (2012 and 2014), during the prime time of the season, I ran into a total of 12 other riders over the course of 3000 kms and 4 days of travel.

    It is one of the great motorcycle adventures, rivaled, in my experience, only by an amazing motorcycle journey I made through Kenya's Northern Frontier in 1971 . . .
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  18. willys

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    Dilrod.....I agree 99% with you, except....I accidentally left my credit card at the cashier as they closed up for the evening....as soon as I was in my tent I realized my mistake...I was only in the parking lot also...I tried to get back in without luck. So I stood at the door as they opened and they gladly handed me the card back....fantastic!
    That day in Inuvik I found out it wasn't working so was forced to switch to American Express, one i rarely use. It wasn't an easy switch but everyone declined the MC.....So after getting back to Whitehorse I called the company....someone had put tens of thousands fo charges against the card overnight while i slept at Eagle plains! I can still see the face of the cashier who I dealt with.....very sorry to say she was...well i won't say....The credit card company said they wouldn't bother with the close to 40K and simply write it off due to the location. I later found out 2 years later when i went back that they had replaced everyone but the outside help! So perhaps the credit card company did do something after all. It was a valuable lesson for me and luckily I wasn't on the hook for all the sex toys, lounguerie and stocks she put on the card....!!!! Or I may have driven back far sooner!

    BUT, this shouldn't deter anyone from doing the Dempster in any way...it was a simple mistake on my half and won't ever happen again!

    The adventure you get from the natural beauty is well worth the ride that far north to say you have done it....IMHO.
    I have been twice now and will go back this summer to get to the top, fingers crossed.
    Hope to see many riders on the Dempster as we ride.
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  19. theshnizzle

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    I posted in the Alaska forum but since we are talking about it here.....I am wondering about increased truck traffic on the Dempster up to the Circle. I am aware that the trucks can make the riding treacherous with throwing rocks ect so I am thinking there may be more opportunity for " mishap" this year with increased construction truck traffic....thoughts?
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  20. mroddis

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    Another here eyeing 2018 for a run up to Tuk.

    M.
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